Highlight clams by cooking them in a little bit of water just long enough for them to open, then dress them delicately with a bit of lemon and white wine and a sprinkling of thyme and Parmesan just before broiling.
- In a large pot, bring the water to a boil. Add the clams, cover and steam over high heat until they open, 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer the clams to a platter to cool.
- Preheat the broiler and position a rack 6 inches from the heat. Spread 1/4 inch of kosher salt in an even layer on a small rimmed baking sheet. Remove and discard the top shells of the clams. Carefully loosen the clams in the bottom shells and set them on the salt.
- In a small bowl, whisk the cream with the wine and lemon juice and season with salt and pepper. Top each clam with 1 teaspoon of the cream mixture and sprinkle with the cheese and thyme. Broil for about 3 minutes, until the cheese is melted. Garnish with the lemon zest and serve.
Recipe Credit: Gerardo Valenzuela
Image Credit: Christina Holmes